10 Days: Venice, Lake Garda and Tuscany
- Lake Garda, Sirmione, Rocca di Manerba
- Firenze (Uffizi, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio)
- Torrita di Siena
THE TOUR INCLUDES:
- 3 nights at the Hotel Ca’ De Conti in Venice 4**** ( or similar)
- 4 nights at Hotel Monna Lisa in Florence 4**** (or similar)
- 2 nights at the boutique hotel La Lupaia in Torrita di Siena (or similar)
- Breakfast at the hotels
- Private water taxi in Venice as per program
- All transfer with private luxury car equipped with A/C and English speaking driver as listed in the program
- Full Day boat tour on Lake Garda with English speaking skipper
- Professional, personal, English speaking guide for 4 hour tour in Venice
- Professional, personal, English speaking guide for 3 hour tour in Pisa
- Professional, personal, English speaking guide for 3 hour tour in Lucca
- Lunch in Sirmione (3 courses menu - beverages not included)
- Cicchetti tasting in Venice
- Lunch in Pisa (4 courses menu - beverages not included)
- Welcome dinner at the hotel (3 courses menu - beverages not included)
- Wine Tasting in Montalcino: 3 wines
- Wine tasting and light lunch in Montepulciano
- 1st class train tickets from Venice to Florence
- Skip the line entrance tickets at the Uffizi Gallery and Dome (Florence)
THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Meals not expressly listed in “THE TOUR INCLUDES”
- All that is not expressly listed in "THE TOUR INCLUDES“
- Municipality city tax to be paid at each hotel upon arrival
Day 1- Venice
Welcome ! Upon your arrival into Venice we may set up for you a transfer from the airport, rail station or any other location you require to your hotel, situated in the center of Venice in Saint Mark's Square. You are free to spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. Overnight at Hotel Ca’ dei Conti 4****.
Day 2 - Venice / Lake Garda / Sirmione
After breakfast, you will meet your personal English speaking water taxi chauffeur and be transferred to Piazzale Roma, where you will meet your personal driver. Together, you will reach the area of Lake Garda. Here will begin a full day tour around the lake and discover the magnificent Lake Garda with a private motorboat. You will admire Sirmione, an ancient Roman village, where you will pass beneath its ancient drawbridge and visit the ancient castle that towers over the village and then stop in one of its historic restaurants. Here you will sampe a typical lunch, made of dishes prepared with fresh and local ingredients, paired with excellent local wines. After lunch, you will have free time on your own to discover and walk along the village's main streets, and admire terraces with stunning views over the lake. Late in the afternoon, you will be driven back to Venice, board your private boat from Piazzale Roma to your hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Venice.
Day 3 - Half Day Tour of Venice.
Breakfast at your hotel and free morning to enjoy this splendid lagoon city. In the afternoon, get ready for a tour with your English speaking guide through the lagoon city. You will explore a wealth of hidden sights not normally granted to visitors of this spectacular city: while walking with your private guide around the city, you will discover an array of fascinating "campi" (squares), buildings and Venetian churches, which will reveal a lesser-known aspect of this incredible city. Allow yourselves to be soothed by the magical imperfection of the Venetian streets and cast under the spell of its evocative atmosphere. St. Mark's Basilica and its respective Piazza, the steamboat that passes through the Canal Grande, the Doge's Palace (from outside) and the notorious Market of Rialto will all be also included in your tour. Throughout the tour, you will make some appetizing stops, enabling you to sample "i cicchetti" (classic Venetian appetizers) made with the best ingredients found in the city and accompanied by well-known wines. Overnight in Venice.
Day 4 - Venice / Florence
Breakfast and check out at your hotel. Transfer by private water taxi to Venice railway station, where you will take a fast train to Florence. Upon arrival at Santa Maria Novella railway station, you will be greeted by your personal English speaking driver who will escort you directly at your hotel in the center of Florence: Hotel Monna Lisa 4****. Check in and free time to explore the city for the rest of the day . Overnight in Florence
Day 5 - Uffizi Gallery
After breakfast, you will meet your private English speaking guide in the lobby of your hotel. Your guide will bring you leisurely on a walking tour of the city center including the visit at the Dome and the Uffizi Gallery. The Gallery houses a superb collection of priceless art, originating in great part from the Medici family collection, enriched over the centuries by endowments, exchanges and donations, among which an important group of religious works stands out, resulting from the suppression of the monasteries and convents between the XVIII and XIX centuries. Here, you will find the richest collection in the world of works of the Tuscan school, Florentine in particular, among which: Cimabue, Michelangelo, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello. Without parallel is the collection of works by Sandro Botticelli. End of the tour and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Florence
Day 6 - Pisa and Lucca.
Breakfast and departure to Pisa today together with your personal English speaking driver.Here you will meet your private English speaking guide to start your tour from the central Piazza Dei Miracoli, famous for its Leaning Tower and for the many beautiful architectural structures that distinguish this city. From here you will have time to explore with your guide the many aspects of this fascinating town, named after a Greek city, from which it is believed originated the first inhabitants. A town, who thanks to its Tower, has become a symbol in Italy and in the world. It has also fascinated many film directors who have chosen it as a set location for their films. It is so evocative and characteristic, that it has been proposed as one of the seven modern wonders of the world. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant located in the historic center. After lunch, departure to the beautiful city of Lucca, the birthplace of composer Giacomo Puccini. Here, together with your private guide , you will explore and learn the beauty of this small but very important town made famous by its (still intact) Renaissance Wall. You will be amazed by the architectural beauty and artistic ambiance of the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, and marvel at the historic sights. After the tour, your driver will be ready to accompany you back to Florence. Overnight in Florence.
Day 7 - Florence .
Breakfast at your hotel and free day to enjoy at your own leisure in Florence. You can choose to rest or to continue discovering the beauty of this city. Overnight in Florence.
Day 8 - Florence / Torrita di Siena.
After breakfast and check out at hotel in Florence, you will depart with your personal English speaking driver for the fascinating Sienese hills, towards the boutique hotel La Lupaia. Upon arrival, you will be free to relax and admire the splendid Tuscan valleys that surround your resort. Enjoy a glass of good wine or relax in the beautiful swimming pool that offers an enchanting view of the Tuscan hills. In the evening you will experience a delightful dinner at the resort, where your chef will prepare a delicious meal right in front of you. Rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Torrita di Siena
Day 9 - Free morning / Afternoon wine tasting at Montalcino and Montepulciano
After a gourmet breakfast of homemade pastries, jams, cheeses and fresh milk, we will be ready for a splendid day: you will discover Montepulciano and Montalcino. You will be chauffeured by your English speaking driver in a luxury car from the magnificent medieval village of Montepulciano and taken to one of the most famous wineries in the region, home to the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (meticulously produced with 100% Sangiovese grapes: those that the Tuscans define as “the true table wine”). Here, you will be able to taste the wines, including the famous ‘Asinone’, guided by an expert wine steward and accompanied by a variety of delicious local delicacies including local organic cheeses and coldcuts. Proceed then to another marvelous village: Montalcino. Here you will enjoy a winery that is the first winery in Italy run by a female staff. They produce one of the best Brunello di Montalcino of the area. Enjoy a visit of the winery, which we hope will leave you with lasting memories of this day and the flavors that have tantalized your palate, and , of course have a wine tasting with their marvelous wines, including the renowned Brunello Riserva. After the visit, you enjoy a light lunch with the delicious and typical Tuscan dishes. After lunch, your driver will transfer you back to your hotel. Overnight at Torrita di Siena.
Day 10 - Departure back home
After an early breakfast and check-out at your hotel, we can insure transfers to any airport or railway station that you may require.